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Stathmin 1 inhibition amplifies ruxolitinib-induced apoptosis in JAK2V617F cells

João Agostinho Machado-Neto _, Paula de Melo Campos, Patricia Favaro, Mariana Lazarini, Adriana da Silva Santos Duarte, Irene Lorand-Metze, Fernando Ferreira Costa, Sara Teresinha Olalla Saad and Fabiola Traina

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:29573-29584. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.4998

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João Agostinho Machado-Neto1, Paula de Melo Campos1, Patricia Favaro1,2, Mariana Lazarini1,2, Adriana da Silva Santos Duarte1, Irene Lorand-Metze1, Fernando Ferreira Costa1, Sara Teresinha Olalla Saad1, Fabiola Traina1,3

1Hematology and Hemotherapy Center, University of Campinas/Hemocentro-Unicamp, Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do Sangue, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

2Current address: Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo, Diadema, São Paulo, Brazil

3Current address: Department of Internal Medicine, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto Medical School, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence to:

Fabiola Traina, e-mail: [email protected]; e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: myeloproliferative neoplasms, STAT3, stathmin 1, ruxolitinib, paclitaxel

Received: February 27, 2015     Accepted: August 11, 2015     Published: August 24, 2015


The JAK/STAT pathway is constitutively activated in myeloproliferative neoplasms and can be inhibited by ruxolitinib, a selective JAK1/2 inhibitor. The JAK2V617F mutation leads to constitutive STAT3 phosphorylation and potentially leads to inhibition of Stathmin 1 activity via STAT3. In support of this hypothesis, we found that, in HEL JAK2V617F cells, ruxolitinib treatment decreased STAT3 and Stathmin 1 association, induced Stathmin 1 activation and microtubule instability. Silencing of Stathmin 1 significantly reduced cell proliferation and clonal growth, and increased apoptosis induced by ruxolitinib. Stathmin 1 silencing also prevented ruxolitinib-induced microtubule instability. To phenocopy the effect of Stathmin 1 inhibition, cells were treated with paclitaxel, a microtubule-stabilizing drug, in association or not with ruxolitinib; combined treatment significantly increased apoptosis, when compared to monotherapy. Notably, Stathmin 1 mRNA levels were highly expressed in CD34+ cells from primary myelofibrosis patients. We then proposed that an undesired effect of ruxolitinib treatment may constitute Stathmin 1 activation and microtubule instability in JAK2V617F cells. Induction of microtubule stability, through Stathmin 1 silencing or paclitaxel treatment, combined with ruxolitinib could be an effective strategy for promoting apoptosis in JAK2V617F cells.

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